Lupe Fiasco has gone on record and suggested that his anticipated album Lasers may never see the light of day due to a creative dispute with his label. If this doesn’t prove that Label-heads killing hip hop I don’t know what will.
The rapper and Atlantic Records have reportedly been at odds over the artistic direction of the album.
“The situation with me and my record company has gotten to the point where it’s just like…we’re really at our final straws. People could say it’s me, that “Lupe doesn’t want to make popular music” or “The label has got to have records that they can sell and Lupe is not giving them the records they want to sell,” he told complex.com. “I’ll meet a fan on the street and we’ll have a full conversation about it. There’s maybe six or seven people walking around who know the whole story with their mouths wide open and their jaws to the floor as to why Lasers has been held up to this point and why it’s not coming out. I can’t tell you that. We’re in a space where we’re still negotiating and some stuff isn’t meant for the public.”
Fiasco said that the present finished – but unreleased – album is an accurate statement of his vision for Lasers.
Continuing, he said, “I literally put it in God’s hands. You know what, Lasers is a record I poured my heart into. I was actually making my own music, in the studio making the songs, and rapping on them. And at the same time, making the music more acceptable. Not making it more poppy, but making it more popular. Putting it in the position where more people can understand it but at the same time still satisfy my hardcore fanbase.”